Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Not a warm embrace for "crescent" memorial

After a public outcry, the California artist who created the crescent-shaped design for a proposed Flight 93 memorial has agreed to rework his idea:

WASHINGTON - The architect of the memorial to a plane downed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, said Wednesday he would work to satisfy critics who complained that it honors terrorists with its crescent-shaped design.

Designer Paul Murdoch said he is "somewhat optimistic" that the spirit of the design could be maintained.

"It's a disappointment there is a misinterpretation and a simplistic distortion of this, but if that is a public concern, than that is something we will look to resolve in a way that keeps the essential qualities," Murdoch, 48, of Los Angeles, said in a telephone interview.

Murdoch's design, "Crescent of Embrace," was selected last week during a meeting of the Flight 93 Advisory Commission from five narrowed down from 1,011.

Why did I just know that the designer's response was going to be one of those "I'm sorry you people are so stupid" apologies? The condescending tone of his remarks tells me that he knew exactly what he was doing when he created this piece. Actually the fact that he had the gall to call it "Crescent of Embrace" should have been proof enough.

After watching "The Flight that Fought Back" this past Sunday, my tolerance for this brand of PC drivel is particularly low. The families of the victims of Flight 93 have been through hell and they deserve much better than this -- and better than Paul Murdoch.

Grrrrrrrrrrr. This and the Newdow story is about all I can take out of California today. My "liberal jerk meter" has officially reached the red-zone.

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